Last month, spy images online confirmed that the upcoming Thunderbird 350 X replacement will be called the Meteor 350 and yesterday, an image from what appears to be an online configuration tool revealed its pricing as well. It seems like the launch of the motorcycle isn’t too far away, so we’ve compiled a list of everything we know about the all-new Meteor till now.
It’ll get a new engine
One of the most noticeable changes to the engine is the missing kick-starter. The more compact gearbox casing compared to the current model is due to the removal of all the hardware required for the kick-starter, along with better internal packaging. Another change, slightly higher up, are the covers that hide the throttle body. This looks very similar to the ones on the company’s 650, albeit in a different colour. These panels could also be covering the more comprehensive electronics package that the bike is expected to receive in order to meet BS6 regulations.
The Meteor 350 also appears to be running a more compact exhaust pipe, which ends well before the rear tyre. This is completely unlike the previous-gen model, which has an end-can that protrudes by a significant amount.
It’ll be built on an updated frame
It also looks like the upcoming Meteor will have a slightly more cruiser-style riding position because its foot pegs appear to be positioned about two or three inches further ahead than the current model. It also uses a new double-cradle chassis. The Meteor 350 seen in earlier spy images runs its braking hardware on the right side, whereas the current model has its discs and calipers located on the left. The chain and sprockets have also switched sides and are now located on the left.
Features and customisability
The Meteor 350 will get a new circular instrument console with a larger, offset unit on the left that will house a small digital display. What the smaller circular unit on the right has to offer is presently unclear; there is a possibility of it being a USB charger. We expect the new unit to display a lot more information than the one on the Thunderbird. We could see functions like real-time fuel-efficiency, range and more.
The images that leaked online yesterday also reveal that the upcoming Meteor 350 will feature several optional accessories much like on the company's Classic range and 650cc models. These include aftermarket seats, windscreens, foot pegs, and even panniers.
It’ll get revised styling
Changes to the styling includes a new rear-end design, along with a restyled tank and side panels. The rear fender also appears shorter than the one on the previous-gen Thunderbird X and the indicator/brake lamp unit looks different and is placed lower. The tank, meanwhile, looks like the 20-litre unit seen on current models, but it appears as if the fuel-cap is no longer offset and sits in the centre. Lastly, the Meteor 350 also appears to get a new alloy wheel design, with Y-shaped spokes instead of simple straight spokes like the current model.
The leaked image from the online configuration tool revealed a very interesting price of Rs 1,68,550 – and it appears to be inclusive of some accessories. This is most certainly an ex-showroom price, but it’s still competitive, considering that the Thunderbird 350 X it will replace cost Rs 1.63 lakh.
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